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the concern that we had was that the level of radiation in the background, which is to say people, the 90,000 americans that were there, in the event of one of these crises getting worse, they actually tried to get in line and get on a ship. this would put them at more risk. where they needed to release radiation into the atmosphere. we could measure the real impact into the atmosphere, using real data and numbers. the concern that we had was that without and in the that --
absence of data decisions, they are simply responding to the cry -- crisis atmosphere that was there. putting themselves on the road in the panic that would follow the uss ronald reagan was one of the ships already there. we do not have lingering effects of radiological contamination. we have gone through our own individual monitoring and we are satisfied. next slide. long-term, what this tends to do is reinforce the procedures we
had in place for contamination. it recognizes that for air breathing equipment, small performance parts, when you needed to repair them, they required a special engine. we do not want to mix and match the parts and components that were exposed. we want to keep them isolated until they could be decontaminated. next slide. what you get out of this is the important role that people play in this discussion. this is one of the reasons we send our officers off to be graduates. when you go to graduate school, you get your degree based on
original thinking and primary research. no one puts forward a thesis that says the status quo is ok. we teach people at a graduate level to challenge the existing thinking. when i look at this force, composed of humanities majors and technical majors, we found the right mix. we had to come up with the basic questions that needed to be answered. i think that what you get out of this is a force that is incredibly responsive. the chemical, biological, initial response force is another example. when the marine corps look at the sarin attack in tokyo and decided they needed a response
force available, they came in from the united states. the first time ever we had taken that kind of tears zero national capability and made it available to a partner in need. from the perspective of the people in japan, it demonstrated commitment and, symbolically, indicated that we were fighting back. that we were going to reclaim the atmosphere, the land, the sea. what you are looking at here is how we would present our daily situation reports to describe how they are making progress. next slide another example of the incredible partnership that we have. we think that joint support
forces of the right concept here that brings together the unity of effort. with u.s. aid, it was our clear understanding of how to work closely with the government of japan for the lead federal agency in this case. it was critically important, in this case. they can work the funding issues in ways that the military is not able to. in terms of where we were located, it was not meant to be read, but listed on the right- hand side were all of the ngo's that participated, attempting to galvanize this.
it was the role that u.s. aid and the self-defense force played. an example of how to take command and control on the road is a command-and-control unit. we brought this from honolulu so that it would be available in the event that the crisis continued to provide more challenges for leaders. we will close here with the importance of messaging. another critically important element of this. who has the lead for the message? it should be part of the discussion that takes place at your next table top level exercise. messages can be very confusing and you have many different groups involved. u.s. embassy had the lead. to be very clear about that
point, as you roll this up and look at it in aggregate, those are impressive numbers for the people of japan. these were the foreign deployed forces are in japan. everyone rallied and was under way, everyone was a part of this operation. when self-defense force called out 100,000 people, they had this right behind them. it allowed them to focus on what was critically important to them, finding the remains and lost, allowing us to provide support in the way they needed. someone went to a lot of trouble to put that in the sand and it was an indication of what was possible in times of crisis. particularly when relationships
between countries are critical. violations have interests, people have friends. we were able to, for the people that participated, and we will always remember. thank you. i look forward to your questions. [applause] >> given the multinational nature of the crisis, the graphic you never -- graphic user interface system, which one
was used? >> we went to googleearth. i miss that. we were able to develop and be a bit, which went down of the revolt of 0 in the morning in the afternoon. in terms of water, we found that when we were measuring it, they were all used in japan. everyone was tied up with the crisis. to get real-time information on water, we had to use our portable kids, which were not calibrated sufficiently to be
reliable. and we have the results immediately fed back to us. in order to react responsibly, we had to be able to have reliable instrumentation and data as the basis of decisions. that is what we learned out of this. >> microphone working here. the information in california was slow. seven days. how do we address warnings without causing panic? >> i think the to start with an understanding that, in the case of radiation, the first
questions that we need to ask, number one, is the plant up and operating? or did it shut down? is there a potential release of a lethal doses that requires immediate status on the part of engineers in leaders? if the problem now, and we are talking temporal issues, is long-term exposure, then that puts this into a different category, i think. i would identify time critical issues in terms of how you manaso, if i have a problem whei am concerned about long-term exposure, now what i need to do is talk about how i gradually
start move people away from this so that i can prepare for a long term, sarcophagus type problem. or i will have to find a way to deal with the long-term exposure. i think that as far as how you manage this, separating the immediate sorts of actions and long term actions would be helpful. if people think that there is an immediate step that needs to be taken for themselves and their children, they will be very much on edge and waiting to hear what leaders are asking. i am reluctant to tell you that you can act on instinct in this case. there is a series of questions that have to be answered.
preparing for a table top that involves radiological contamination, it would be to develop crisis action and standard operating procedures where, integrated, we know who is going to do what to get to a clear, empirical understanding of the problem that we have, along with it the actions and messages that go with it. we did not feel comfortable leaving japan until we had all of that system instrumentation in place. that was our measure of success. as you think about crises in the future, i would incorporate the radiological dimension. the nature of what we are in has us in a position where we are dealing with what a climactic situations and crises we have not anticipated or seen before. having fought through what the
radiological dimension is and what the implications of our for these very important approaches. >> i know that you have to get out of here. we have about two minutes. i appreciate your coming. i have this feeling that you're giving this presentation of pride over what you end your task force did for japan. i want to thank you for what you did today and what your doing out there. i know you must have this warm feeling overhead. >> i used to look up at many of you, what i was down there. >> thank you so much for coming to talk. i know that you have to get out of town there. ladies and gentlemen? [applause]
>> precision planning. all right. but if it started here. i hope that everyone had a nice lunch. we have had fabulous speakers all day. this panel is going to be a panel on government executives and the regional will of cooperation. i have to tell you, in july of 2003, i was actually working for mayor willie brown. haley barber talked about leadership and decision making. this was a mayor that really provided leadership and made strong decisions and helped out in running the city with of those attributes. in 2003, under mayor brown, i got involved in something crazy called the table top exercise.
at that time, again, former secretary of state george schulz had come back from new york and asked about getting the military together with san francisco civilian forces to talk about disaster response. the general was on the telecommunications division at the time, heading up the telecommunications information services. we decided we would put the table top information together. i want to say one thing, off topic from this panel. 2003, i met a gentleman named randy smith. he was with the planning division. randy was the first person who gave me an education on tabletop exercises. from 2003 onward, he has been involved in every program i have put together on disaster response and a variety of other
things. randy, are you here? thank you for following us for all of these years and having the marine corps take care of us. willie brown, it was a table top exercise and a wonderful program. also in 2003 we work together and created the mayor is a summit, where we invited mayors from around the country to come from around the toussaint francisco and talk about technology solutions for homeland security and, essentially, disaster response programs. he is the longest serving speaker of the california assembly and to term mayor of san francisco. thank you, willie brown, if you could come here and give us some remarks. [applause] >> good afternoon to each and
every one of you. i am delighted to be able to introduce the panel of individuals who collectively will assume, on any given day and any given set of circumstances, the responsibility to orchestrate the process by which we remain as safe, secure, and free of harm as is humanly possible to do, in case of either a natural disaster or a man-made disaster. in my capacity as the speaker of the california legislature, in 1989 i was invited by the then mayor to join, wellcome, and extend the arm of friendship to
the then president, george bush, who came to tour the area as a result of the '89 earthquake. it was, for me, an incredible awakening. the president of the united states in total command of this nation. the most powerful individual in the world, observing in close detail what the mayor of oakland was doing with reference to the tragedy. what the persons who operated under his leadership in the coast guard were doing. what the people at the state level, who had the responsibility for emergency relief, were doing. what the mayor of san francisco was doing by way of feeding the people who had been disrupted in terms of their lives as a result of the quake and its devastating attack on the marina district of
san francisco. then, of course, we moved outside of san francisco, with a stout heart, moving outside this peninsula. results were equally as incredible. his comments and conversations with each individual, evidence of a very collected and qualified group of people who were willing to be in appropriate form, working together to produce quality results. then, of course, 2001 occurred. now, the capacity of the mayor, in it i was awakened by martha:, a woman who was activating this activity. she tells me that i may not be going to new york, because
something has happened to one of the world trade center towers that you should look at. looks like a small plane hit the towers. i clicked on the television, as all of you did. was just in time to see the second flight. dan at that point i knew what the mayor, the coast guard, and all of the other people who had been a part of the 89 experience had attempted to put together a had to go and play. you are going to hear about the perfection of each and every one of those. it will begin to suggest to you that there is a level in america people who are dealing with the issues that might be before them, in case of any kind of emergency. is not just dealing with the physical issues. is not just dealing with how you
do what ever you need to do to keep the traffic flowing in to keep the movement and repair the structure that needs to be repaired instantly. it is how you include how you deal with the incredible challenges that human beings themselves, psychological and otherwise, will be facing. this fleet week is clearly different from any previous fleet week we have had. but the planners have done, with mike, george, and all of the other people, in recruiting people like the governor of mississippi, who has lived at the challenge that had to be executed quickly in terms of responding, in sharing all of that while at the same time celebrating the 100th anniversary of the u.s. navy and all of its flight acrobatics
sector. this has got to be an incredible location. i am looking forward to going out there and listening to, very closely, but each one of these leaders will say so clearly as i arrived at the facility and the place where the emergency services were coordinated and how each one of the units, whether it was the fire, or people like our own chief, or whenever it was, dealing with the people that came to see me from the coast guard, or the people that called me from other regions. speaking of coast guard, police officers, whatever, i saw your chief of police and he had less
hair than i had. mr. mayor, i saw your chief of police and he had less hair than i had. i trust there is a level of stress that costs you your hair. you should do something about giving us the kind of guidance that will allow other responses and give us the assurance of all can be well as we go about meeting the potential that may be hours, in case of any form of an emergency. i welcome each and every one of you and am looking forward to a fabulous 13,000 sailor visit, 13 ships visit, and all of the other activities the golan. more importantly, the information that will be forthcoming from this panel. thank you, and welcome to fleet week.
[applause] >> never had a loss for words. we like that about mr. brown. first of all, let's thank the u.s. navy for bringing this beautiful ship to san francisco and once again participating in fleet week. a tradition that i can remember, having been born and raised in san francisco, having the opportunity to be around the navy and the personnel that make this work, also allowing this intimate setting for this particular group. let me introduce, very briefly, our panel. we have a long day. first of all, on my far left, we have a young woman who was recently on television with me.
the vice president of the san mateo board of supervisors. baez to have you here, adrian. thank you very much. next, capt. cynthia stone is here. she is captain of the port. i would say that that is a vitally important part of our community. no question about it. next, mayor quam, of oakland. congratulations to you, mayor, for your current operation. also, oakland has been involved in a number of different activities. the oakland hills fire was a local disaster that i am sure we remember with regret. myself, i walked on the freeway when the embarcadero went down. i was on channel 7 at the time.
it is a strange feeling to walk on a freeway that has just collapsed, let me tell you. the mayor of san francisco is here to contribute his portion to what san francisco will be doing if an event happens this significant and dangerous. the question that i think most of us would like to know, what is the most significant project that this city, and the cities around us, can do, and participate in, in case of another disaster, natural or otherwise. >> thank you for having me here today. i would like to say congratulations and thank you to all those in uniform for your service.
i think the one project that i think is a vitally critical that we are all working on together here is the hetch hetchy water system. we are improving that so we can make sure that that is protecting us in the case of an earthquake. right now, we're very vulnerable with our water system. but we have collaborated with all of the bay area to make sure that we can run those pipes through our different counties and make sure that we strengthen that. so in the event of a major earthquake, we will still have a water system in place. maybe the second one would be the microwave link to make sure we have operability between all of our communities and the bay area so we can talk to one another in the case of a disaster. we are continuing to work on that. we're very close. that is something we have work very well together on as a region. i think my regional partners for that. >> ok. mayor lee. >>